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, but will it be enough to push retailers into the green this holiday season? the clock is ticking to the fiscal cliff deadline, but with those talks on hold, so is the santa claus rally on wall street. and they're a rare breed in corporate america. we look at why so few c.e.o.'s are women. that and more, tonight on nbr. >> susie: not a very merry day of trading on wall street today. it was a holiday shortened session, and the investors and traders working on this half- day were playing it safe, especially with the fiscal cliff talks on holiday break as well. when the closing bell rang at 1:00 eastern time, the dow was down 51 points, the nasdaq lost eight, and the s&p was off 3 points. so while wall street worked half a day, washington was on vacation. lawmakers are increasingly pessimistic about a big agreement-- or any agreement-- being reached before the year ends. darren gersh has the latest. >> reporter: 'twas the night before christmas, and all through the house, nothing much was going on. it was the same story in the senate. washington's cliff talks still remain deadlocked. congress will retur
in five months because of the looming fiscal cliff. consumer spending bounced back after dipping in october. >> overall sales will be up 5-6%. >> but at the same tie he said shoppers are holding back and the businesses are holding back on filling positions, because the economic climate for 2013 is uncertain. doug? >> can't get out of neutral. >> can't get out of neutral. >> we'll have more on this with the panel. washington did not get a fiscal cliff deal for christmas so that means president obama and lawmakers will need to kick it to overdrive to get something done by new year's. this is easier said than done. >> after weeks of bitterness, this is not a contest of the parties between who looks good and who doesn't. >> the only thing both sides agree on now is christmas may provide a cooling off period. >> ebb can drink eggnog. have christmas cookies. sing christmas carols. enjoy company of loved ones. >> hope springers eternal. >> when the christmas trees come down tomorrow from waikiki beach and elsewhere, the nation will be staring at the cliff that economists warned could sp
is you should apply it to the fiscal cliff. i thought to myself, at the reagan library, what better place to go back to pirs principles. and since i have written three novel on george washington. what better part earn than to wave the two giants ronald reagan after whom the soviet empire desired and george washington after whom we became a country. what are the lessons of history. i don't study it because it's an interesting habit. i study to better understand the present and future engage in making history by intelligent and informed citizens. what are some of the lessons? let me start with the fiscal cliff. sky an obviously question. how many of you heard the term fiscal cliff? [laughter] i want to say something in washington which will be seen as her receipt call and gingrich going off and making no sense. the contract of america, the balanced budget, welfare reform. i participated my career, reagan's economics defeat of the society yef empire. i'm proud of the number of things i participated in that made no sense in washington. by thomas wolf. this goes book i think to the '60s when h
of the fiscal cliff. if we do go over the cliff, the i.r.s. has warned most taxpayers may not be able to file their returns until late march. that would mean long delays for many tax refunds. and economists warn the economic effects will be felt quickly if $600 billion in automatic tax increases and spending cuts begin to take effect next year. at this rate, it looks like lawmakers will celebrate new year's eve at work-- if not resolving the fiscal cliff, at least trying to avoid the blame. darren gersh, nbr, washington. >> susie: going over the fiscal cliff will not only have an impact on the national level, it will also hit states and eventually cities. if lawmakers fail to reach a deal before january 1, the cliff's across the board spending cuts and tax increases will impact how much money states get from the federal government. ruben ramirez reports from washington. >> reporter: we all know the numbers. failing to reach a deal by january 1 will result in $109 billion in automatic cuts to federal spending. and while that's a big number, what matters most to states and municipalities is the
and safe and be loved. goodnight. fore this fiscal cliff thing happens. melissa francis is next. melissa: merry christmas eve, everyone. north american aerospace commander norad is currently tracking santa's progress. so far he has delivered within 2.3 billion gives. he has a way to go. my little guys are still waiting for their presence. captain, thank you for joining me. is there anything santa should look out for? >> not at all. we are looking very carefully. it looks like it will be smooth sailing for santa tonight. melissa: how is his progress so far? 2.3 billion is a lot of gifts. he has a lot of ground to cover. >> he is only about a third of the way through his journey. he is down in the and arctic area heading towards madagascar. it looks like he will be right over the eastern part of the united states at about 9:00 p.m. tonight. melissa: where has he been so far? >> so far, he has covered all of asia. he started off in the island and moved over to japan, russia, india, and is making his way up the east side of africa. melissa: you do not see any weather problems later tonight i
. >>> the dreaded fiscal cliff can potentially affect a wide range of health programs. >> cbs news' wyatt andrews explains. >> reporter: professor mallen like hundreds of medical researchers has already fallen off the fiscal cliff. her budget which relies on federal grants is being cut by 10% now. as the nih, the national institutes of health, prepares for the possibility of budget cuts later. >> it's as much bigger than just my lab. it's affecting all-academic labs across the country. >> reporter: mallen understands the nih decision but calls it a setback. >> my lab will have to shut down research projects that we know would -- could have profound impacts on curing human disease. we may have to get rid of some staff members. >> reporter: the nih tells us because of uncertainty in the budget awards at 90% of what was perhapsed to researchers -- promised to researchers will be the standard at least for now and the threat of the cut raised alarms. >> some of the cuts -- >> reporter: at johns hopkins the doctor is under pressure to reduce the experiments he designed in mice in search for a cure for
worries about the impact of if fiscal cliff tax increases that will pame with the end of the year. >> come january we're going to hit economic hangover when taxes are going to go up and everyone and ebe miserable. >> reporter: analysts say sales ana been strong this holiday season partly because many retailers started cutting prices ngrly. that meant bargains for christmas shoppers but, jeff, may mean lower profits for the jefes. >> glor: john blackstone, thank rou. john mentioned the fiscal cliff. tinight we've learned democrats emocraw moving ahead on their hei plan to avoid it now that talks have broken down with john boehner. white house and congressional leaders have until january 1 to lork out a budget deal. resident obama is in hawaii on udget dn. nancy cordes is there as well. nancy, good evening. nancy, goor: jeff, this would : sentially be a last-ditch effort to avert the fiscal ially be sources tell us that aides to the president have been in talks preliminary talks, with aides to senate majority leader harry elf who himself was here in hawaii this weekend for the funeral of se
and hoping for better times in the coming months. the big topic remains the fiscal cliff. we don't know if we can avoid it, yes or no. there's still some hope for a kind of a deal done in the next few trading days, but all the talk about the fiscal cliff is keeping the mood on wall street down. blue chips trading a bit lower and a mixed session with retailers. it looks like the christmas shopping season was not that stellar, at least for the traditional retailers. the fiscal cliff is the big topic and traders are hoping we resolve that in the next few days. >> after his singsong of waiting until the sun shines. christmas eve and the dow slipping just a little bit down. in the currency market, the euro against the dollar, $1.3187. final day of the festive shopping season, the biggest moneymaker for plenty of retailers, so how did this year's sales measure up? >> it will take time for the numbers to be processed, but most think it was better than average. >> germans use the remaining hours before the shops close to snap up last-minute gifts. the big department stores in frankfurt were chock ful
celebrates the fiscal cliff looms closer. and so does the dairy cliff? why we could soon see $7 a gallon prices for milk. ,,,,,,,, [ laughter ] smoke? nah, i'm good. ♪ [ male announcer ] every time you say no to a cigarette, you celebrate a little win. nicoderm cq, the patch with time release smart control technology that acts fast and helps control cravings all day long. ♪ quit one day at a time with nicoderm cq. >>> and good morning everyone, of course it is christmas. december 25th. merry christmas everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. >> that's right and i'm elizabeth wenger, michelle has the morning off. >> and we begin somewhere some breaking news in the south bay. firefighters are at the scene of a three alarm fire in campbell. this is at the engineering building intersection of bell and division. no word on what may have started the fire. we will have the very latest information as soon as we get it but some live pictures there you can see a number of firefighters on the scene. and as we mentioned more coming up a little bit later. >>> okay. and we're going to i think start off with
their fight over the fiscal cliff. >> anyone who has not taken advantage of the tax credit, act fast. you have a few days to save hundreds of dollars. officials are reminding all consumers to postmarked applications by december 31 or you'll have to wait another year. the legislation in 2007 by the state general assembly. homeowners must submit eligibility, which limits the amount of assessment increase. spending the holidays at home is not in the plans for george h. w. bush. he is spending another night in hospital. he has been in the hospital since last month with a lingering bronchitis' cough. doctors had hoped to release them but he delivered a fever. doctors say they are optimistic he will recover. the good news come he is surrounded by his wife and other relatives. nelson mandela is looking better after two weeks in the hospital. he had surgery to remove gall stones and developed a lung infection. no word on whether the former president will be released but he does remain in good spirits. she had a memorable moment with daniel craig and now queen elizabeth's's christmas message is all of
. the fiscal cliff fiasco. the obama plan, to the speakersi boehner plan, it will either o alter the rising rate of spending were less than the science of our bloated government. the answer in tonight "chalk talk" is coming up so, this board gives me rates for progressive direct and other car insurance companies? yes. but you're progressive, and they're them. yes. but they're here. yes. are you...? there? yes. no. are you them? i'm me. but those rates are for... them. so them are here. yes! you want to run through it again? no, i'm good. you got it? yes. rates for us and them -- now that's progressive. call or click today. lou: you know, everybody's getting pretty excited about that fiscal cliff negotiation or impasse, however you want to3 style it. mayi want t showu, lou: everybody is getting re ofed about the fiscal clifft, negotiation. i thought i would show you what thuld happen if we change into the speaker boehner plan, the president obama plan, let's start out with the do-nothing plan because that's the plan we0 have right now. the cbo estimates fiscal year 2013 deficit will b
of washington this yore, not with the pending fiscal cliff and the threat of a $7.5 billion in nonentitled services is. >> that fiscal cliff will hurt the city to the tune of almost $80 million right away. >> reporter: most of the cuts would be in health care, aids programs and housing. >> that's just an immediate hit. >> reporter: across the bay alameda county supervisor predicted -- >> our health clinics will get hut. our w. i. c. program which is a program for mothers they get nutrition for their newborn babies and we have several sites in alameda county that would also experience a large cut. >> reporter: education would also take a hit. >> this would undo a lot of the good a lot of californians are willing to invest in the schools. perhaps as much as 10% for the special needs students and the meals program that so many of the students in georgia are growing up -- california are growing up in poverty and they need that meal. >> reporter: it's not just the immediate cuts that worries the local officials, it's also the ongoing uncertainty that comes from the stalemate in washington. a st
. >> week dirk not during a holiday. we pay do 5 fiscal cliff dollars. we're doing like $30,000 by mid- afternoon now days. >> he says seven times normal isn't as good as other holiday seasons. >> what are you shopping for today? >> family presents. getting shoes and gift considered. >> i guess it is not such a secret. >> this family already got aludels and there sure were a lot to be had. nationwide spending was down. some tried to make it up on this last day possible. >> some point in time where you really don't want to do it anymore. you want to be with your family. >> he is hard to shop for. if his family is average they will spend about $750 this year and maybe waste some dough on something he doesn't want or need but he will smile just the same when he opens it. >> reporter: if you didn't make it to the mall by 6:00, there is always 7-leaven and walgreen's. merry christmas chris christmas to everybody. mike sugerman, cbs 5. >>> last minute shoppers not onlied a the maul. we go to the grocery store aisles. >> some elves are picking out last minute gifts. >> i did my shopping. >> l
of the year. a people are getting very nervous about the fiscal cliff. i was on the show a couple of weeks ago whe and i was not a tn concerned because i thought we would get a deal done.al it is starting to hurt people.ut a good call by you. frankly, gerri, that is what will hurt stocks and investors spending or appetite as s well.e gerri: i love it when you tell me i am right. it often doesn't last very longy i have got to think when we get some real claritytt on this no matter what whether it is good x or bad for investors and taxpayers there will be a little relief in the market, don't you think? >> i think so. clarity, what a lot of people are looking for. both sides of the aisle wants to get something done, it is just what.y we talk about the s&p 500. when you look at corporate profits and the impact, potential chans in the tax relations will be on those company profits, you have to revalue the market somewhere in here which is a lower price again companies trying to have to pay the government more money. gerri: let's talk about 201 201n what we might expect. expectations over the place.
today to really spill the truth what all this tax talk and fiscal cliff concerns really mean for businesses an your money. jim amos, chairman of planet smoothie. we have the ceo of fast signs and the jamie richardson the vice president of white castle. we have a power panel on today. thank you all for joining us. i want to start with some news from clarence otis, ceo of darden restaurants. obviously he came out and said that the forecast for his company going forward is looking bleak for a couple of different reasons. he said the negative media coverage that focused on darden and how they might accommodate health care reform has really hurt the company. he was someone who came out and said they would have to go ahead and use many more part-time workers because obamacare was simply too expensive. there was a big backlash against that. so he is going to have to go ahead and as a result, they will keep their full-time workers on. they will really stuck with the cost of obamacare. he also said, you know, they're having a tough time because people aren't coming into the restaurant
what the price of milk is going to look like if we go over the fiscal cliff. not to mention everything else we need. even though the main players are off for christmas, lawmakers are on break, the president in hawaii with his family on vacation there is just a week to go before the automatic spending cuts and tax hikes kick in and right now there doesn't seem to be any movement toward a compromise or a deal. chief white house correspondent ed henry is live in honolulu which it any last minute updates. ed, are we right where we were? >> reporter: we pretty much are, jamie, good to see you. the bottom line the markets will be waiting to see how this all plays out over the next few days. they have been relatively stable up to this point. because there was expectation there would be fighting but in the end they would come together on a deal. as you say the clock is finally running out. they're taking a pause for the holidays. the president's aides tell us in private he scaled back from a $4 trillion deficit deal. he wants something smaller in the wake of speaker john boehner's failure on s
-called fiscal cliff. apparently it sank our 401(k)s again for the second trading day in a row. the dow dropping 52 points today. the nasdaq fell 8 and the s&p lost 3 today was a shortened day. told the associated press that folks are starting to accept that weekend in fact plunge right off that fiscal cliff. after all we are a little more than a week away from the deadline when the spending cuts and push us back into another recession. lawmakers do plan to return to washington later this week to try to hammer out a last-minute deal. for now president obama and the first family are celebrating christmas in hawaii and that's where our ed henry is traveling with the president now live in honolulu. ed? bottom line the president is here in hawaii but might not be here for long. shortly after christmas likely to go back to washington. try and broker some sort of a deal. you remember before he left for hawaii, he announced that he wanted more of a short-term deal. sort of scaled back stop gap measure so that that big grand 4 trillion-dollar. instead he wanted to extend tax cuts for the middle class. h
forecast is coming up. >>> and we're seven days away from going off the fiscal cliff and with washington in a political gridlock we're getting closer and closer. the question, how will it affect you and your paycheck? >>> the images, the words, the names, highlights and low lights of 2012. "newsroom" starts now. >>> good morning to you. i'm carol costello wishing you and yours a merry christmas and we begin with pope benedict xvi using his an i'll christmas message to speak about the hope for peace even in the most difficult times and situations. >> translator: in this world there's a good soil which god has prepared -- >> just hours ago the 85-year-old pope spoke to a crowd in st. peter's square and millions of others watching around the world. he said even in syria, a nation embroiled in a nearly two-year long civil war peace is possible. >> translator: yes, peace for the people of syria. deeply wounded and divided by a conflict which does not spare even the defenseless. and reaps innocent victims. once again, i appeal for an end to the bloodshed. easier access for the relief of refuge
. and the storms, they are just getting geared up. >> fiscal mess. exactly one week until we go off the cliff and new word that no one is reaching across the aisle right now. and remembering a legend. hollywood says good-bye to the "odd couple's "cigar-chomping oscar madison. i'm dana bash. alina, merry christmas. >> merry christmas, everyone. it's tuesday, deebs 25th. "starting point" begins right now. >>> and our starting point, those dreaming of a white christmas may be paying for that this morning. extreme weather is on the way this christmas day. millions could be in store for a foot of snow or more. it could even be a rare white christmas down south, along with a threat of tornadoes. bonnie schneider is tracking the holiday storm and, hey, good morning. >> good morning and merry christmas. unusual to see a snow storm set up here in oklahoma and in arkansas, and when you're looking back at the records some of the places highlighted in pink are going to see a white christmas and a snowfall going through christmas night. that hasn't happened in 80 years. what else is unusual. blizzard warn
to washington sooner than planned, what he is saying about avoiding the fiscal cliff. >>> and what they are doing to keep escalators in service at bart stations. >>> we have a report in the south bay coming up, we will tell you about that next. look at you guys with your fancy-schmancy u-verse high speed internet. you know, in my day you couldn't just start streaming six ways to sunday. you'd get knocked off. and sometimes, it took a minute to download a song. that's sixty seconds, for crying out loud. we know how long a minute is! sitting, waiting for an album to download. i still have back problems. you're only 14 and a half. he doesn't have back problems. you kids have got it too good if you ask me. [ male announcer ] now u-verse high speed internet has more speed options, reliability and ways to connect. rethink possible. . >>> welcome back, new this morning, thousands have been left homeless in manila. authorities say a riot broke out after a second fire left 8,000 people homeless. a man was accused of starting the fire but the fire was likely sparked by a burning candle. >>>
the fiscal cliff to break them down how much l it will cost you if a deal is not reached in a week. >> both firemen are shot. >> firefighters are ambushed in new york that leads crews in the line of gunfire. local firefighters show their solidarity. stay with us >> dan: investigators are still trying to figure out why a gunman shot four firefighters as they arrived at an early morning house fire. sergio quintana has details on this shooting. we ree action from local firefighters who are obviously stunned. >> reporter: investigators in new york are trying to hammer out the details but the shooter may have sparked the house fire and waited for firefighters to arrive and then started shooting >> what should have been a radio call to coordinate an early morning fire fight is a call for help. four firefighters were targeted by a shooter. two were killed. gunman may have set the fire to lure emergency crews there. >> it does appear that it was a trap that was set for responding for first responders. >> they identified the shooter as 63-year-old william spangler. the guns were illegally acquired b
on fiscal cliff negotiations. before he left washington, the president said he believes a deal could be made before the december 31 deadline. >>> u.s. troops celebrated their 12th consecutive christmas in afghanistan. service men and women attended a service at the nato base in kabul, sang some carols, then enjoyed a holiday dinner. >>> and coming up on the "morning news," he may be messy funny, jack klugman from "the odd couple "has died. a look back at his remarkable career. [ female announcer ] introducing u the latest coffee machine from nespresso. modular. intuitive. combines espresso and fresh milk. the new u. nespresso. what else? available at these fine retailers. >>> firefighters in california battled a raging river yesterday to rescue a homeless man. he was living on an island in the los angeles river and got into trouble after a fast-moving storm tore through the area. rescuers used an inflatable boat to reach the island and tossed ropes to the man which he tied around a tree. the man was taken to the hospital and treated for hypothermia. >>> former president george h.w. bush is s
on wednesday in hopes of coming up with an agreement for the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: some republican lawmakers say president obama wants the country to fall off the fiscal cliff. >> we were going to go over the cliff before, we're going to go over the cliff now because that's what the president wants. you cannot negotiate with someone who doesn't want to negotiate. >> reporter: that would raise taxes on people making more than $200,000 a year. each making a parting pitch. >> i've asked leaders of congress to work toward a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, prevents unemployment insurance for 2 million americans and lays the ground work for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. >> the presidents solution of raising tax rates would still be ready for as far as the eye can see and it would hurt jobs. >> the partisan bickering has put the country on the brink of a financial crisis. >> it's the first time that i feel it's more likely that we will go over the cliff than not. and that if we allow that to happen it will be the most collosal consequential
threats on christmas day, and one week to go. with the fiscal cliff in sight both sides quiet on future talks. >>> and nfl triumph. coach chuck pagano back in time for the playoffs with the colts. merry christmas, dana bash. >> you, too, alina. i'm dana bash in d.c. let's get started. up first. be careful what you wish for. those dreaming of a white christmas could be in for a whiteout. extreme weather is on the way christmas day and on the way for many. millions could be in store for a foot of snow or more. it could be even a rare white christmas down south along with a threat of tornadoes. more on the holiday storm and all the delays. good morning, merry christmas. >> merry christmas. >> give us the good, the bad and the ugly. >> unfortunately, for travelers, yesterday was pretty bad but today could be worse. dangerous lightning flaring up at this hour across louisiana and arkansas and behind it snow starting off as a mixture of sleet and freezing rain in places like oklahoma city and little rock, arkansas. lightning moving into dallas and stone yo this hour, so the severe weather thr
in hawaii and, yes, christmas brings us one day closer to possibly the fiscal cliff, the huge tax increases, spending cuts that could take effect in one week or so. brianna keeler is watching there in hawaii, joining us with the update. first of all, how is the president, how is the first family spending the holiday? >> presumably right now they are sleeping in, suzanne, because it is still very early here as you know. >> what time is it? >> we are expecting of course they'll have a christmas. let's see. 6:00 in the morning bright and early. we've been at it for a few hours. we expect them to have a nice christmas meal at the house they're renting. the white house chef is here. maybe we'll get details on what they are going to eat. there is nothing on the president's public schedule. he is frequently gone and visiting with troops in the past so we wouldn't be surprised if he did that again today. i will tell you that bo the dog is actually along for the ride here in hawaii and the white house released a video where bo just really kind of steals the show. let's look at a little of that. this
for christmas. but the lack of any fiscal cliff talks worried wall street. the dow jones industrial average lost more than 51 points to close at 13,139. the nasdaq fell eight points to close at 3012. those are some of the day's major stories. now, back to gwen. >> ifill: in egypt, although one side seems to have clearly won, citizens are still awaiting official results of the country's constitutional referendum. as the sun rose over cairo today, opposition activists vowed to hold their ground against the newly approved constitution. >> what we all need as constitution is express the demands of all egyptians. we are here to say that we need constitution for all of us. >> ifill: sunday leaders of the national salvation front warned the document would give too much way to islamic law and curb the rights of women and the christian minority. >> we are committed to continuing our collective peaceful struggle in order to bring down this constitution through legitimate means as soon as possible. because it's a constitution that is not worthy of egyptians. >> ifill: president's party supported the dr
the fiscal cliff - but there could also be a 'dairy cliff'. sevening next year, you dollars for a gallon of milk. a stalled farm bill means certain protections for farmers are expiring. a dairy subsidy ends january first. if congress doesn't act before then, the u-s would revert to a 63-year-old dairy policy. it would force the government to buy milk at inflated prices, driving up the cost for everyone. return to index of stories... >> christmas might be a good time to see a new movie. elizabeth corridan has a preview of this week's new releases. >> quentin tarantino's leaslatest project takes people to the deep south with jimmie foxx on a dangerous mission with leonardo to cabriole. this also stars several jackson, and it is rated r. >> les miserables is set in paris with anne hathaway and hugh jackman ...and 21st century kids are left in charge with bette midler and billy crystal. it's the bay area's favorite way to ring in the new year. we'll be bringing you the best parties and fireworks on 'new year's live.' i'll be hosting along with gary radnich. kron 4's - new year's live. start
fiscal cliff. >>> pam is on fire right now. we have a lot of traffic to talk about, there is an accident in the south bay. >>> that's right, we have not a lot of details but the saratoga ramp is shut down. in san rafael we have a two car crash head-on with injuries. the impact was so severe the front wheels actually came off one car, all but one lane is closed and there is not a lot of traffic -- and there is a lot of traffic with a lot of debris in the roadway. >> not too many folks on the roadways as you make your way into the city. here is rosemary orozco. >>> giving you a look at storm tracker 2, picking up a few returns, a few sprinkles are falling and we are picking up a few sprinkles in bodega bay. we do have the possibility of a few light scattered showers with mostly cloudy conditions overhead. for some it is not as cold, upper 30s and 40s around the region. this is what i do expect with today's system. about half the amount of rain is sunday's storm and it is not quite as robust in this direction. we will watch this begin to pick up with the front and 24- mile-per-hour gusts an
to the fiscal cliff. from "thew bid frittle bit washington times." this is ron from louisiana. caller: good morning. host: who wish to nominate? -- who would you'll nominate? caller: obama. host: what makes him your hero? caller: we were on a major slide when he came into office. he save the automobile and got osama bin laden. he did everything even though the gop did nothing but filibuster. every proposal he has made. the economy is still growing even though everything that has been put against him. host: are there other heroes you look to beside the president? caller: this year i believe he should be the star for what he has gone up against. he was trying to do a reasonable -- get a compromise and the gop was saying their way or nothing . it is costing the nation. host: thank you very much. this comes from twitter. host: i next call is on the independent line. good morning. caller: the bartender that took the videotape of mr. romney talking about the 47%. he showed an insight into the candidate. host: why is he a hero? caller: he had the courage to share with others. host: anybody else in
closed at 10:00 a.m. worries over the fiscal cliff pushed stocks lower. dow off 51 points. nasdaq lost 8. s&p down three. >>> what might happen next year if congress doesn't avoid the fiscal cliff. a person earning 50-$75,000 a year would see a hike of $2,400. >>> gas prices in the bay area and around california are still dropping. that is according to aaa. the trend will continue into the new year. the average price of a gallon is $3.60-in san francisco. san jose $3.49. oakland $3.48. california is reflecting a national trend as demand is low and supplies are high. >>> back to the developing news we showed you earlier. an apparent head on collision had forced police to shut down highway 84. that has now been reopened but as a result of that closure you can see the traffic backup. this is highway 84 in the livermore area. westbound lanes, severe back up. no word about the injuries, what the conditions are of the people involved in the accident but we are continuing to work the phones and get more details. you can see from our picture here, the incredible traffic back up. if you are plann
is not the debt. the fiscal cliff and other metaphorical geology. the biggest problem in america is family disintegration. family is the primary transmitter of social capital. [applause] 1964, lyndon johnson's labor department, produced a report. there is a crisis in the negro family today because 24% of african-americans children are being born to unmarried parents. 24% in 1964. today, one-third of all american children are born to unmarried mothers. we know what this means. we know the social pathology. we know what that means in terms of neighborhoods and schools. we have no idea what happened. we do not know why in 1950, the out-of-wedlock birth rate was 5%. we have seen family disintegration during war, famine, and pestilence. it has happened in wales, portugal, spain, all over. we do not know why. we do not know what to do about it. i will give an answer that will interest and amuse the previous questioner. when two things coincided in late 18th-century england, a grain surplus, the result was a cheap gin and a social calamity. they passed a few laws, licensing laws, it did not help.
- in part because of the concern about the fiscal cliff. the dow lost 52-points in a shortened holiday session. the nasdaq dropped eight. and the s-and-p was down 3 points. (male announcer): now, here's stanley roberts who found people behaving badly. >> police: ok when its clean we are going to make a right and at the next light we are going to turn right as well. >> every major holiday the california highway patrol puts out a all hands on deck call, it's called maximium enforcement. >> police: at the next driveway we are going to turn right. >> this means there is a maximium amount of officers on the road liiking for violators like this driver who well lets listen to officer wilson >> police: the reason why i stopped you because you weren't weating your seatbelt >> the driver claimed she forgot, for the record i forgot is not really a good excuse . sooooooo >> police: you got cited today for driving with out your seatbelt on go ahead and sign in the red box . it is not as an admission of guilt but it is an acknowledgement your point to take care of this. >> this driver was observed d
.s. fiscal cliff and whether that's going to be resolved or not in the coming days. let's have a look at the opening levels for december 25. 10,000. we're back above that level today, 10r,097. for the nikkei, 10,098. with large volume, i may add coming from both domestic and foreign importers. also sectors who may benefit from the more expansive monetary policy measures that may be forthcoming such as banks and real estate sectors, too, so we'll follow those as well today. however, we should expect to see in trading a lot of key indexes across asia will be closed today, the hang sang as well as singapore and australian inde s indexes. but let's have a look at currency that's really been the main topic of conversation in the markets. dollar/yen, 84.83 to 85, top of the screen there, and the you e euro/yen, 111.78 to 85. a lot of investors are convinced that the latest weakening of the yen is not just a short-term correction but more of a long-term one there as even shinzo abe has been targeting a level of around 90 yen. now, with the u.s. markets closed for public holiday, there may
likely we will go over the fiscal cliff following the failure of joan boehner to get higher taxes on wealthy americans. if the president and congress can't agree, government spending cuts and tax hikes will kick in automatically. market watchers feel it could push the competent back into recession. >> carolyn: instapgram has triggered a class action lawsuit. the claim was filed against facebook that owns the service. infagram that changed its terms of service. idea was abandoned after an outcry from users. lawsuit alleged they breached the contract with users in tweak that go policy. facebook has not responded to the suit. >> dan: a new requirement that forces california lawmakers to drive their own cars for legislative business is paying off. they report the state has saved $240,000, n taxpayer money since the new rule went into effect one year ago. california lawmakers were given a car paid by the state. this year that practice ended. they must drive their own cars, the savings was achieved because many legislators cut their driving habits in half. >> carolyn: big television scr
yesterday at the deadline but that deal to avoid the fiscal cliff on new year's if democrats and republicans can't compromise, tax hikes will kick in, the tax policy center said families making $50,000 a year will have to pay $2,400 more in taxes. >>> the excon who lured firefighters to their deaths left a note saying he wanted to burn down the neighborhood and do what i like doing best, killing people. >> we are being shot at. multiple fireman down, i'm shot. >> that was a call that a wounded firefighter made, william spangler burned his home yesterday and waited for first responders. he was armed a gun, a shot gun and a rifle. he opened fire when crews arrived. arrived. two firefighters were killed. >> just always there for you. you just take them for granted. you don't -- >> two more wounded are still in the hospital on this christmas day. spangler took his own life. his rifle is the same make and caliber weapon used by the newtown shooter. >>> families in connecticut are trying to find solace on this christmas day. the town is still reeling from the shooting that killed 26 people at
, they have taken off for the holiday. looks like we're headed over the fiscal cliff. the millions in cuts facing bay area cities. >>> plus, caught on camera. dramatic river rescue in l.a . a man clings to bushes for hours fighting that strong current. that is coming up at 6:00. >> one more week at the holiday week weather. >> reporter: it is amazing between this dance last december 20/09 comes -- this december and last december. five times as much snow this year compared to last year. early christmas present for the skiers. >> yeah. >> thanks for watching. >> glor: ton >> glor: tonight, firefighters ,mbushed. four volunteers targeted by a rs targe >> we're being shot at. multiple firemen down. >> glor: two are dead after responding to a house fire. fire.elrod has more. holiday storms potentially disrupting travel plans for l planss. snow moving from west to east, forecasters say tornados could out the south. down to the wire in the pivotal christmas shopping season. in john blacstone says many retailers will not be ohnebrating. celebratins to santa. >> "dear santa, are you getting ready a
the evening with his family. >>> it may be christmas eve but the fiscal cliff is not far from the minds of lawmakers. the president and congress left washington on friday for the holidays with a promise to return later this week. there is only a week left to avoid tax hikes and spending cuts that will impact almost every american. tonight it appears democrat senate leader harry reid may take the lead in crafting a comp mice to prevent tax hikes on at least the middle class. the president was in hawaii for the funeral of senator daniel minoli. >>> one of the president's last acts before leaving washington caught some holiday travelers offguard today. grace lee on how an unexpected federal holiday scuttled some christmas vacations. >> i'm really upset. at this point, i don't know what can we do now? just wait. we've been here since 7:30 in the morning. my appointment was at 9. >> reporter: stranded an christmas eve. it was the same story for dozens who were supposed to pick up pass ports today. some had confirmation numbers. >> extremely frustrating and disappointing that i'm not going t
increased with the fiscal cliff became more cautious but not unfeeling. >> deals right now. more deals after christmas but somebody always has to open a gift at christmas. >> reporter: they had predicted a increase of 3.3%. but it just came out with a prediction of 2.5%, still an increase. reporting live, consumer editor tom vacar, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> a south bay sheet metal shop created a shiny work of art inspired by the holiday season. >> look at this. a 14-foot tall stainless steal christmas tree. >> everybody who sees it is excited. 10 people worked 500 hours to build the statue. >>> at the toy drive outside lefty o'doul's they are hoping for a christmas miracle. we will explain why they need help. >> bad accident on highway 84, but how are the rest of the roads doing? >> back here, rain to talk about for christmas day, when it starts, when it ends and how much you will see. back here in 10 minutes. look at you guys with your fancy-schmancy u-verse high speed internet. you know, in my day you couldn't just start streaming six ways to sunday. you'd get knocked off. and sometimes, it
later this week as america gets closer to the fiscal cliff. some larrymakers are now calling for a small scale deal as a temporary fix. >> i think it's impossible to get any kind of grand bargain or comprehensive package. i think we're dealing right now with whether or not we can put off the increases in tax rates. that's really all we can deal with right now. >> the house will stand in recess subject to the call of the chair. >> reporter: congress recessed after republicans rejected john boehner's compromise. he proposed letting tax cuts expire for those making over $1 million a year. other republicans say it's time for a deal. >> i agree with him. i don't think we ought to increase taxes on anyone. however, we're now at a point where we're not going to get what we think is right for our economy and our country. >> with congress coming back, the president will also reportedly cut short his holiday vacation in hawaii. democrats hope mr. obama will continue to fight for a complete agreement, not just a temporary patch. >> i definitely hope that he can and will continue to push for as big
the country goes over the so-called fiscal cliff. now some conservative leaders are coming forward to say they believe the president wants the country to go over. >> does the president wants to take us over the cliff? i think he does. he needs an execution for the next four years of failure, blaming it on bush doesn't work much. regulations and spending he has put on -- he has put on the economy for the next four years going to put us in recession, regardless of the fiscal cliff. >> glover for questions made the comments yesterday on cnn if a -- grover norquist made the comments yesterday on cnn. >>> new this morning, 7-eleven trying to get healthier. the chain is in the process of introducing more nutritious items. that includes yogurt parfaits and lean turkey sandwiches. 7-eleven wants 20% sales to come from fresh foods byb7ñ the end of 2015. also retooling old favorites. jelly doughnuts sold in miniature versions. >>> that ipad under your tree may already be out-of-date. a japanese tech blog reports a new version of the popular tablet will hit stores in march, the blog says the new ip
the so-called fiscal cliff. >> now a conversation on hollywood's portrayal of politics and policy making in movies and tv shows. among those we'll hear from the crete or the of the show "homeland." this is an hour 20 minutes. >> good evening again. welcome back to the forum. i'm not the one you'll be applauding for. you know we have public events, public forums in our headquarters campus about once a month. and we've had former presidents and foreign ministers and ambassadors and please chiefs. we have never, to my knowledge, had anybody who has ever created, let alone starred in movies or tv series until tonight. and we have michael lynn on the to thank for that. mike sl co-chair politics aside 2012 just like 2010 and he of course is a ran strust tee so we're delighted to have him. he'll moderate tonight. and with him and i'll ask the panel to come forward. howard gor dan and michael sheen. >> figs of all, thank you for being here this evening and thank you for being here on a friday night. i don't do this for a live sog you're going to have to fill in in the middle. let's start off she
this holiday season? the clock is ticking to the fiscal cliff deadline, but with those talks on hold, so is the santa claus rally on wall street. and they're a rare breed in corporate america. we look at why so few c.e.o.'s are women. that and more, tonight on nbr. >> susie: not a very merry day of trading on wall street today. it was a holiday shortened session, and the investors and traders working on this half- day were playing it safe, especially with the fiscal cliff ks
and congress to avoid the fiscal cliff. >>> at the vatican, pope benedict the 16th presided over christmas eve mass. he urged people to make room for god in their busy lives. the catholic pope also prayed for peace in israel, palestine and syria. this year midnight mass was moved up two hours to 10:00 p.m. to accommodate the ageing church leader. >>> clear skies kept travelers on track at sfo today after long de lay this is past weekend. as atly reports, this day before christmas is a busy one. >> the security line snaked throughout terminal 2 in san francisco international airport this morning. travelers shuffled through to chasm flights to arrive in time for christmas morning. >> everybody twoonts go home and see family. >> friday, december 21st, was technically the businessest day of holiday travel season for sfo with 130,000 people passing through, but christmas eve isn't too far behind with 120,000 airline passengers expected to. for some holiday traveler, the last-minute journey was a matter of price. >> i picked the 24th because it was, like, $250 less than what was on saturday or sunda
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